Cal­i­for­nia lost more res­i­dents than it got last year

Who they are and where they went

Marysville Appeal-Democrat - - FRONT PAGE - By Phillip Reese The Sacra­mento Bee (TNS)

SACRA­MENTO – About 130,000 more res­i­dents left Cal­i­for­nia for other states last year than came here from them, as high costs left many res­i­dents with­out a col­lege de­gree look­ing for an exit, ac­cord­ing to a Bee re­view of the lat­est cen­sus es­ti­mates.

They most of­ten went to cheaper, nearby states – and Texas. Since 2001, about 410,000 more peo­ple have left Cal­i­for­nia for Texas than ar­rived from there. That’s roughly equiv­a­lent to the pop­u­la­tion of Oak­land.

Cal­i­for­nia has seen more than 15 con­sec­u­tive years of net res­i­dent losses to other states. The trend was sharpest at the height of the hous­ing boom be­tween 2004 and 2006. It slowed markedly dur­ing the hous­ing bust but quick­ened again dur­ing re­cent years.

The state’s over­all pop­u­la­tion con­tin­ued to grow be­cause the num­ber of births ex­ceeded the num­ber of deaths by about 220,000 in 2017, ac­cord­ing to the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Fi­nance. The state also added about 185,000 res­i­dents via net im­mi­gra­tion from abroad.

But Cal­i­for­nia is draw­ing more peo­ple than it is los­ing from one dis­tinct de­mo­graphic

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